From classic aviators to gold-wire frames, Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection of men’s eyewear makes quite the statement, especially when modeled by British supermodel David Gandy.
The longtime face of Dolce (remember the 50-foot billboard of Gandy in his underwear in Times Square more than a decade ago?) recently worked with his old friend, fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco, on a Sicily-inspired campaign for the four-piece collection.
“Most people don’t know, but Mariano and I grew up in the industry together,” says Gandy, 40. “He took my first headshots 20 years ago. But we haven’t worked together for a while, especially with Dolce & Gabbana, so we’ve really come full circle with this. It’s fun shooting with Mariano. It’s fun shooting with a friend.”
The capsule includes updated aviators, boxy “double- bridged design” sunglasses, gold wire-rim frames and sophisticated nylon specs, ranging in price from $220 to $321.
“I love the gold-rimmed, slightly angled glasses,” says the style icon, who only wears eyeglasses “now and again” since receiving corrective surgery. “I love wearing glasses, and I think these are quite different. Everyone is wearing thick-rimmed glasses at the moment. I think they will start the trend of wearing thin-rimmed glasses again and, because they are in gold, they have that Dolce & Gabbana elegance.”
The collection, however, does include a chunkier option for that iconic Dolce look. Gandy models the new shades and specs against rough sepia walls that shout Italia classica. They have “this very gorgeous Sicilian summer feel to them,” Gandy says. But, in fact, Vivanco shot Gandy in “this very cold old church in East London,” he says. “It was mad but really worked.”
“I’ve been working with Dolce & Gabbana for about 18 years,” reflects Gandy, “and they’ve really gone back to their Sicilian roots, not only with this eyewear but also with their clothing at recent shows. I think it’s the best of Dolce & Gabbana. That’s what I love about it.”